What is BOM reading?

Second in a regular series of looks at what folk at BOM are reading for work and pleasure, taking in the fellows, the residencies and the volunteers. From the heavyweight to the frivolous, you’re sure to find something to elucidate and delight.

Jo Gane

My last proper bit of reading was Capturing The Light, Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport’s book about Daguerre, but it took me a year to get through it!


Justin Wiggan

Nikki Pugh

I’ve mostly been doing academic writing for the last few months, so here are a few open access references from the last piece (describing how my Colony project makes use of objects, experiences, participation and conversation for forms of knowledge production):

For pleasure, I recently took myself off for a few days’ camping near the Forest of Dean, accompanied by Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust and a headtorch.

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Pete Ashton

The most relevant-to-BOM thing to come past my eyes this week has probably been The Cybertwee Manifesto via a piece on Vice with the subtitle “If cyberpunk had a cute kid sister that was secretly better at coding, cybertwee would be it.”

Digital Art, or whatever the hell we’re calling it this year, has a tendency to blokishness, and most of the people I follow for inspiration are men. It’s not ideal, and this was a welcome tap on the shoulder, along with a nice new way to frame my work.

Clicking the links took me to an oral history of VNS Matrix, the 90s cyber-feminist collective. I feel the need to dig further.

Karen Newman

I’ve been trying (and failing) to finish Steven Levy’s Hackers: Hero’s of the Computer Revolution since we opened. (Usually end up in a slump searching ebay for racking, or pouring over artists G4A’s instead…)